Responsibility Matters Workshop Series: AI & Moral Responsibility

Responsibility Matters Workshop Series (RMWS) invites academics, researchers, industry practitioners, policy makers and NGO representatives to share research findings, prospective projects, field analysis or broad societal concerns revolving around the topic of responsibility.

The year-based event is a forum for open debate of ideas and proposals coming from various research fields as diverse as philosophy, law, computer science, biology, sociology, history or economics, fostering cross-border collaboration between academia and public, private and nongovernmental sectors.

Given the complex nature of responsibility, with its retrospective and prospective dimensions, situated at the intersection of causal, agential, role-based duties and social, moral, legal contexts, the RMWS aims to bring together various pieces of the puzzle through interdisciplinary dialogue between cutting-edge reasarch and practice.

2021 topic of Responsibility Matters Workshop Series: AI & Moral Responsibility

The 2021 debut edition of the Responsibility Matters Workshop Series focuses on Artificial Intelligence and moral responsibility. We are technically on the verge of deploying self-driving cars, autonomous weapon systems, robotic caregivers or artificial companions.

But the perspective of scaling up such AI systems raises several ethical concerns. Who is morally responsible for the decisions taken by highly autonomous AI systems in these various domains? Whom do we blame for the effects generated by these artificial entities on the roads, in military conflicts, medical settings or even in our homes?

How can our current ethical frameworks make sense of AI moral responsibility? These are the main questions that drive researchers into open debate on a timely and pressing topic of the decade: AI & moral responsibility.

When: October 21, 16.00-20.00hrs EET (Bucharest time)

Where: online, via Zoom platform

Who: Keynote speakers: prof. Roger Crisp (St. Anne’s College, Oxford); prof. Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)

Guest speakers: Andreas Theodorou – (Umeå University), Emilian Mihailov (ENHATEC project, University of Bucharest)

CoMoRe team: Cristina Voinea, Radu Uszkai, Constantin Vică, Mihaela Constantinescu

Responsibility Matters Workshop Series: AI & Moral Responsibility

21 October, 2021 (online event)

16:00-16:10  Welcome note

Session I

16:10-16.50 Keynote: Roger Crisp (St. Anne’s College, Oxford)

16:50-17:15 Guest: Andreas Theodorou (Umeå University)

17:15-17:40 Cristina Voinea & Constantin Vică (Research Center in Applied Ethics, CoMoRe) – Me and my robot, best friends forever!

17:40-18:00 Break

Session II

18:00-18:40 Keynote: Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)

18:40-19:05 Guest: Emilian Mihailov (Research Center in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest)

19:05-19:30 Mihaela Constantinescu & Radu Uszkai (Research Center in Applied Ethics, CoMoRe) – Artificial Moral Advisors & Moral Responsibility

19:30-20:00 General Q&A, Final remarks

This event is organised within the framework of the research project Collective moral responsibility: from organizations to artificial systems. Re-assessing the Aristotelian framework ( PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1765).

More details are available here.

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